Arabian (arabian) wrote,

Monday TV I watched - The Voice & Smash -- WHEE! MUSIC!

Watched The Voice and other than Chris Mann (from the first or second night) haven't really glommed onto anyone. LOVE the judges' bantering, though, especially Adam and Blake.

Adam: Blake, you're an excellent vocalist.
Blake: I love you, Adam.
Adam: I love you too. {pause} And I mean that in a totally-non sexual way.
Blake: I can't say the same.

BWAHHHAHAHAAAAAAAAHHHAHA!! And I loved Christina getting on stage to sing with Sera Hill. That was fantastic. Battle Rounds next week!! Dun dun dun! AND KELLY CLARKSON!! Goooooooooo TEAM BLAKE!

I also watched Smash -- and you know, just thinking on it now, I really don't like the show's title. It should be "Julia is Awesome!" or "Eileen Kicks Ass!" or "Derek is Hot!" or "Can I Be Team Karen *and* Ivy?"

Well as lame as last week's episode of Smash was, this one was awesome. Other than being a wee bit thrown by the sudden slowing down (like she was gonna faint) and then switch to Karen singing "Rumor Has It," I pretty much loved all of this.

- I continue to ADORE the Marilyn: The Musical numbers. They sound and feel so much like real Broadway that I'm eating it up so much.

- That one moment during the impromptu performance at the party to get Nick Jonas' backing when we saw Julia singing and shimmying with Ivy was one of my favorites of the series so far. I'm not quite sure why I loved it so much, but I totally did.

- I really like how well-rounded I'm feeling these characters are. Ivy does some slightly diva-ish, bitchy things to get Karen out of the way, and then you turn around and get why she's doing it when she talks to her new friend (I like him!) and then her insecurity with the whole Derek thing.

- Speaking of, I see what you did thar, show! The preview last week had Ivy saying "your hand was on her ass" with a shot from NEXT week when Derek had his hand on Karen's ass, but in actuality her comment was for his hand on Ellis' friend, Cyn's ass. Sneaky.

- Now, can we get to Jack's hand on Karen's ass like now!? Because I'm totally shipping Karen/Derek. I think that Katherine McPhee and Jack Davenport have some fantastic chemistry, and I want more ... NOW! Not that Megan Hilty and Davenport don't, there was definitely a little thrill there when he ran his finger down her arm in practice. They just don't surge with chemistry like Karen/Derek too (and I've thought that from the previews with Karen and Derek from the Pilot, every scene with them since has just deepened that appreciation).

- I also like how they're doing Dev. He's a nice guy, he obviously loves Karen, but in small ways we are seeing why he's not the best boyfriend for her. He's not being demonized for the sake of our stars (ie, Jack Davenport), but shown as not right for Karen.

- I thought they rather side-stepped the cliche of Ivy's friends helping Karen because Karen didn't win the one friend over with kindness, but basically by being a petty bitch, LOL! And it was the one friend who convinced the others to help, and since they are all "ensemble," they have something in common that they don't with Ivy any longer.

- I was never a Debra Messing fan in Will & Grace, but I have to say I am LOVING her on this show.

- I kinda wish they wouldn't have Ellis be EVUL like last week, but rather just a kid who wants to be close to the Broadway scene, because without that anvillicious edit of last week, I do feel for him because Julia is SO mean to him. It's not even that she's mean, but that she belittles him and treats him like he's less than her. And I feel for that aspect of the character, to the point that when he joined them in that impromptu performance I was even a little happy for him.

- Eileen, Eileen, Eileen! And Anjelica Huston continues to prove why she's so awesome. Just the way she looked at that Degas -- the painting itself, and then the realization that even that is Jerry's. Gah! I just felt so much for her.

- Obviously, we are getting more into the competition for the role of Marilyn judging from next week's promo, but I have to say that DAYUM! Megan Hilty (aside from being a fabulous singer) does a FABULOUS Marilyn vocal impression.

- Okay, one other minor quibble. The fact that Nick Jonas (yeah, yeah, Lyle something, whatever, he's Nick Jonas -- the only one of the Brothers Jonai that I actually like) was able to join in with the correct guitar notes AND a lyric of the song was a bit ridiculous, but it was all in good fun, so it was just a teeny quibble.

Overall, great episode!
Tags: blake shelton, kelly clarkson, smash, the voice, tv

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